When your parent or parents get older and start having some health issues, your first inclination might be to have your parents move in with you.
But should your parent move in with you?
Before you jump the gun and put you and your parents through a huge, life-altering experience, there are some things you need to consider.
Should Your Parent Move in With You? Answer These 5 Questions First
Here are some questions you should answer before you discuss whether your parent should move in with you or not.
1. What Type of Care Does Your Parent Need?
If your parent simply needs some basic monitoring and care – having them move into your home might be just fine.
However, if your parent needs specialized care – like nursing or dementia care – you might not have the time or expertise needed to properly care for them.
2. Can You Really Take Care of Them?
If you work full time and can’t afford to work any less, how will you care for your loved one? Some people have other family members and friends come in shifts and that works just fine for them. But if those closest to you are just as busy, you’ll have to look into alternatives, like in-home care or moving your parent into a senior care facility.
3. How Is Your Relationship with Your Parent?
Many people move their parents in with them out of a sense of duty. Unfortunately, if you do this and you don’t have the best relationship with your parent, the situation could get dicey. Both you and your parent need (and deserve) to live in a peaceful environment. If you don’t have a good relationship, it might be best not to have them move in with you.
4. Does Your Home Have Sufficient Space?
Not only does your home need to be big enough to give your parent the individual space they need, it should accommodate their needs. For instance, can your home accommodate, and is it safe enough for, a walker or a wheelchair?
When to Choose a Senior Living Facility Like Excellence Senior Living
While having a parent move into their adult child’s home is a good idea for some, it’s not always the best idea for every family or every circumstance.
In some instance, having parents move into a senior living facility is the best choice.
These facilities can provide optimal, around-the-clock care that many adult children can’t. This is especially true when the parent is experiencing certain health conditions, like dementia.
At Excellence Senior Living, we provide exceptional care to our residents, help with medical and dental appointments, as well as medication monitoring, and much more.
If you decide that your parent needs more specialized care than you can provide, it’s definitely time to consider a senior care facility.
Have you decided that it would be best for them to move into a senior living facility? We welcome you and your parents to schedule a visit with us. We’ll answer all of your questions and include a tour.